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2 Agenda Welcome & Introductions Announcements and Briefings Livability 2040: Regional Transportation Plan Congestion Management Process Midtown Alternatives Analysis Study New Business Adjourn

3 Announcements and Briefings 2014 Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Update TDOT Multimodal Access Grant FHWA Bicycle-Pedestrian Counter Pilot Program Transit Infrastructure Design Study Greenprint Coordinator Position City of Memphis Pedestrian and School Safety Action Plan

4 2040 Regional Transportation Plan ATAC March 30, 2015

5 Schedule Update Task 1 - Coordination Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Task 2 Baseline Data and Policy Synthesis Task 3 Goals, Objectives, Performance Measures Task 4 Existing and Future Conditions Task 5 SWOT Analysis Public Meetings RTPAC/ETC/TPB Meetings Task 6 Scenario Analysis Task 7 Revenue Projections Task 8 Project Evaluation and Prioritization Task 9 Financially Feasible Plan Task 10-Final RTP Documentation Draft 1 Draft 2 Draft 3 5

6 Draft Revenue and Needs Forecast Draft revenue projections complete and under TDOT, MDOT, and FHWA review Draft maintenance funding projections complete Initial capital cost estimates underway Revenues Costs 6

7 Draft Revenue and Needs Forecast $10 B Projected Revenue $14 B Needs Estimate DRAFT completed as part of Livability 2040 Financial Analysis; presented for discussion purposes only. 7

8 Understanding the Tradeoffs $3B (MAINTAIN EXISTING) $11B (NEW CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS) 8

9 Understanding the Tradeoffs $10B (AVAILABLE) 9

10 Understanding the Tradeoffs $10B (AVAILABLE) FUNDED UNFUNDED $3B $7B $4B 10

11 Understanding the Tradeoffs $10B (AVAILABLE) UNFUNDED FUNDED $3B $1B $10B 11

12 UNFUNDED Understanding the Tradeoffs FUNDED $10B (AVAILABLE) UNFUNDED $1.5B $1.5B $8.5B $2.5B 12

13 Multimodal Capacity Understanding the Tradeoffs Roadway Capacity $8.5B (AVAILABLE) $1.5B $1.5B $8.5B $2.5B 13

14 Scenario Analysis Scenario analysis used to communicate tradeoffs Shape strategic and cost-effective investment strategy within available resources Link project selections decisions to broader regional goals Two scenario applications for Livability System Maintenance (Roads and Bridges) 2. Capital Investment 14

15 Roadway Infrastructure Needs ($Billion) Bridge and Pavement Performance $14.0 $12.0 $3.8 (35% unfunded) $4.6 (42% unfunded) $2.5 (23% unfunded) 100% 95% 90% Un-Funded Capital Needs $ % Funded Capital Needs $8.0 80% Total Maintenance Spending $6.0 $7.2 $6.4 $8.5 75% 70% Revenue Estimate Pavement NHS Conditions (% fair or better) $4.0 65% 60% Bridge NHS Conditions (% non-sd) Bridge Non-NHS Conditions (% non-sd) $2.0 $2.8 $3.6 55% $1.5 $- Maintenance Scenario 1: Today's Roadway Conditions Maintenance Scenario 2: Optimal Roadway Conditions Maintenance Scenario 3: Deferred Maintenance 50% DRAFT completed as part of Livability 2040 Scenario Analysis; presented for discussion purposes only. 15

16 Regional Roadway Connections Scenario Transportation strategy emphasis New or widened roadways Bottleneck removal Last mile connectivity at intermodal and freight facilities Targeted multimodal investment at activity centers 16

17 Regional Roadway Connections Scenario Growth characteristics Low-density, decentralized growth Greater roadway maintenance cost Increased distance between neighborhoods and centers New commercial development follows along widened corridors (linear development pattern) Growth drivers Proximity to major roads Interchanges & major Intersections General preference for greenfield development patterns 17

18 Expanded Travel Options Scenario Transportation strategy emphasis Transit capital Transit operations Bicycle/pedestrian enhancements Roadway operations Shifting investment approach from a radial pattern 18

19 Next Steps Complete needs analysis Conduct scenario analysis Present key projects and strategies associated with each Present system level performance impacts Discuss preferences Preferred scenario adoption in April 19

20 Expanded Travel Options Growth characteristics Higher-density growth in transit station areas Local greenspace and agricultural land protected Average household transportation costs reduced Lower roadway maintenance costs More opportunity for active transportation Growth Drivers Transit service Station areas & existing centers General preference for infill development & redevelopment Protect environmentallysensitive areas & agriculture 20


22 Agenda 1. Introduction and Background 2. How does the CMP fit in with other MPO Plans? 3. CMP Timeline and Development 4. CMP Performance Measures 5. Engineers and Planners on the same Page 6. Congestion Strategy Toolbox 7. Next Steps 8. Questions

23 FHWA Pie Chart: Sources of Congestion Congestion Working Definition: Is the level at which transportation system performance is no longer acceptable due to traffic interference. Source:

24 Introduction Congestion Management Process (CMP) Federally required for large MPOs SAFETEA-LU required that Traffic Management Areas (TMAs) with populations over 200,000 have a CMP MAP-21 retains the CMP requirement featuring a new emphasis on Performance Measurement EPA has designated Shelby County and portions of DeSoto County as non-attainment for Ozone CMP must demonstrate that new transportation projects don t result in an increase in air pollution emissions

25 Background What is a CMP? A CMP is a process that monitors transportation facilities for congestion problems and seeks to implement congestion mitigation strategies Memphis MPO s CMP Is committed to developing a CMP that emphasizes the need to link the effective management and operations of transportation systems to the planning process, environmental review process and travel demand management Implementation Strategies identified in the CMP are used in the development of the Regional Transportation Plan

26 How Does Everything Fit Together? Regional Land Use Model Travel Surveys Regional Travel Demand Model Congestion Management Process Greenprint, other regional studies 2040 Regional Transportation Plan Public/Stakeholder Outreach Performance Measures Reporting

27 CMP Project Schedule Current Status Peer Review of CMP Plans Technical Input and Public Input Identify CMP network and strategies Plan Review August ETC and TPB meetings Mobility Summit October 2014 November ETC and TPB meetings March/ April 2015 DOT and FHWA review April/May 2015 ETC+TPB and Public review June 2015 ETC+TPB Adoption of CMP

28 Development of the CMP 1. Peer Review of Best Practices 2. Performance Measures Workshop 3. Mobility Summit 4. Community Remarks 5. Updated Strategy Toolbox 6. Stakeholder Meetings 7. Corridor Audits 8. Identify and Validate the CMP Network

29 Purpose of CMP Performance Measures Benefits of Performance Measures Monitoring provides the MPO with up-to-date performance information and, for the areas and facilities where congestion or deficiencies in mobility or safety are found, it leads to recommendations for improvements to be implemented through the Regional Transportation Plan, LIVABILITY 2040

30 Memphis MPO Performance Measures 1. Volume to Capacity Ratio 2. Travel-Time Index, Planning- Index, and Buffer Index 3. Number of Crashes 4. Transit Passenger Trips, Bus on-time Performance 5. Miles of Bike Facilities 6. Truck Hours Delay 7. VMT per capita

31 Engineers thinking like Planners and vice versa The CMP strives to combine transportation operations with planning The CMP Strategy Toolbox, which proposes a number of strategies to reduce congestion and increase mobility, reflects both a planning and engineering perspective. Planning, Transportation and Demographic trends that will influence Congestion and Mobility in the years to come 1. Peak Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) reached in the U.S. 2. Close to half of all trips consist of 3 miles or less 3. 2/3 of millennials born after 1984 live in cities 4. People are driving less than before the recession 5. Transit ridership has increased around the U.S.

32 Using the Strategy Toolbox- Planning Demand Management Strategies Land Use Planning policies Smart Growth Parking Management Congestion Pricing Rideshare Public Relations Programs SOV Reduction Programs Transit Incentives, Bicycling Incentives Commuter Programs Flexible Work Hours Telecommuniting

33 Using the Strategy Toolbox- Planning Multimodal Strategies Complete Streets Dedicated Transit Travel Lanes Adding Capacity to the Transit System Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Park and Ride Real-time transit information Transit Signal Priority Electronic Fare Payment Multimodal Level Of Service Analysis

34 Using the Strategy Toolbox- Engineering Operational Improvements Traffic Signal Improvements Traffic Calming Reversible Lanes Access Management Road Diets Ramp Management Strategies Strategic Capacity Enhancements New Roadways and Travel Lanes Bottleneck Removal Interchange Construction Freight Capacity Enhancements

35 Next Steps Finish the Memphis MPO Congestion Management Process Document Review by State and Federal Agencies Public Review Adopt the CMP at the Transportation Policy Board of the Memphis MPO

36 Questions

37 March 30, 2015


39 Purpose of Alternatives Analysis (AA) Study Engage the community regarding transit needs in Midtown Memphis Internal Circulation Regional Connectivity Develop enhanced transit service options to meet community needs Bus Rapid Transit Trolley/Modern Streetcar Light Rail Transit Complementary bus service and facility investments Advance a signature transit service for the community Reinforces neighborhood vitality Creates momentum for comparable service enhancement throughout the MATA area Position study recommendations for federal funding Position MATA for growth

40 Study Goals & Objectives Enhance: Make Midtown Corridor transit service more compelling Connect: Connect neighborhoods and improve local circulation Develop: Support local and regional economic development goals Thrive: Strengthen Midtown Corridor neighborhoods and business areas Sustain: Create an environment that will be sustainable over the long term

41 Study Approach Identify Corridor Goals and Objectives Service within corridor Regional connectivity Access to key sites Economic development Develop and Evaluate Conceptual Route Alternatives Identify potential high capacity transit routes (mode neutral) Evaluate based upon goals and objectives Select final options for detailed development Develop Final Service Options High capacity transit routes (by mode) Overall transit service improvements (internal and external to corridor)

42 Evaluate Final Service Options Study Approach - Continued Mobility impacts for transit riders Traffic and parking impacts along route(s) Economic impacts Environmental impacts Costs for implementation (capital and operating) Selection of Locally Preferred Alternative Public input Stakeholder input Board review and action Implementation Plan Funding options Staging and prioritization of service improvements

43 Overall Alternatives Analysis (AA) Process

44 Evaluation Framework Goals & Objectives Tier 1 Screening Criteria (Higher Level) Objective ENHANCE Screening Criteria Make Midtown Corridor transit service more compelling Provide better transit service for existing riders and attract new riders Provide fast, frequent, and reliable service Improve transit options for Memphis most vulnerable residents Ü Ridership on existing transit services Ü Population and employment density within ½- mile of alignment Ü Directness and average auto speeds Ü Transit-sensitive residents and social service centers within ½-mile of alignment Tier 2 Evaluation Criteria (Detailed) Goal/Objective ENHANCE Evaluation Criteria Make Midtown Corridor transit service more compelling Provide better transit service for existing riders and attract new riders Provide fast, frequent, and reliable service Improve transit options for Memphis most vulnerable residents Ü Total projected ridership Ü Projected transit dependent ridership Ü Number of new transit riders Ü Directness, average speeds, frequency, and alignment traffic conditions Ü Transit-sensitive residents and social service centers within ½-mile of stations

45 Input from stakeholders and the public Ridership on existing routes Population and employment densities Service to major activity centers/planned developments Identification of Initial Alignments Streets that would be suitable for HCT

46 26 Alignments All except one to/from downtown All major arterials All major activity centers Hospital Area Overton Square Cooper-Young Fairgrounds University of Memphis Graceland Airport Transit centers Others Initial Universe of Alignments

47 Based on three factors: Population and employment densities high enough to warrant High Capacity Transit Strong terminal anchors to support bi-directional travel Consistent with MATA s service design guidelines for effective transit Initial Screening Criteria

48 In total, 16 of 26 alignments recommended to advance into Tier 1 analysis Initial Screening Results

49 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Trolleys Modern Streetcars Light Rail Transit (LRT) Superstops Potential Transit Modes/Stops

50 Project Schedule

51 Next Steps Branding the Project Midtown Area Connector MATA Board Workshop Preliminary Screening Tier 1 Screening Tier 2 Evaluation of Modal Alternatives Environmental Scan of Alternatives Assessment of Development Potentials Recommendation of Locally Preferred Alternative

52 Questions/Comments For more information on the Midtown Area Connector project, please visit

53 Next Steps LIVABILITY 2040: Regional Transportation Plan Public review of draft plan in July Congestion Management Process Draft Review Public review phase to begin in mid-april New Business

54 2015 ATAC Meeting Calendar Next Meetings May 26, 2015 July 28, 2015 October 28, 2015 Meeting Location Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library 3030 Poplar Avenue, Memphis Conference Room A